When it comes to the state of the football program, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos is surprised it’s not generating more comment.
“I’m not tired of hearing about it,” Moos said, “because I’m not hearing enough about it. When I have a radio call-in show (Monday mornings on KXLY in Spokane) and there’s one (call) about the state of our football program and nine about how we police the RV lot on game day, I’m starting to feel a little bit of apathy.”
When asked about coach Paul Wulff’s status in a recent interview, Moos peppers his response with terms like “most encouraged,” “solid foundation” and “building for the future.”
Most important, Moos said, “I see progress in the program.
“They had a lot of damage control to take care of. Not to throw stones at anyone, but there was a pretty big hole to dig out of and now we can be in a building mode.”
And he likes what Wulff is constructing.
“You can have good football teams without a good football program, but they are going to be hit and miss and they’re going to be quick fixes,” Moos said. “If the program itself is solid, it will produce winning teams.”
Though the wins and losses have yet to materialize (WSU is 1-5 halfway through the 2010 season), other indices are pointing up, Moos said.
“We’re starting to see that translate into better play on Saturdays,” Moos said. “I was most encouraged in how we competed against Oregon. I saw glimpses of Pac-10-caliber football. I’m talking about speed, strength and closing in on tackles, putting a good lick on people and playing the game of football the way it should be played.”